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April 28, 2023 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, April 25th, 2023

Pohakuloa & Red Hill Toxins!

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A federal grand jury is conducting a criminal investigation into the Red Hill fuel spills that sickened thousands of Hawaii families.…/federal-grand-jury-is…/

Meanwhile, in Hawaii County, it doesn’t look like any criminal investigation of Pohakuloa Toxins will be happening here. A picture speaks a thousand words.

                        PTA Commander Kevin Cronin &  County Prosecutor Kelden B.A. Waltjen.  Photo from  PTA Facebook page 

      On April 20, 2023, schoolchildren from around Hawaii  attended “Experience Pohakuloa Day.”     Is Du blowing in the wind?     

      The truth is the Military’s Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) is the largest toxic site on Hawaii Island. PTA is 133,000 acres in size, more than 4 times the size of Kaho’olawe, and as big as the island of Guam. PTA is located in the center of Hawaii Island at an elevation of 6500 feet. Strong winds frequently blow through Pohakuloa carrying military toxins, like Depleted Uranium radiation (DU) oxide particles, around the island. Inhaling DU alpha dust particles is the most dangerous form of radiation. This is according to Hawaii resident, Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD who spent 24 years in the Army Medical Corps and has been listed among America’s Best Doctors. See Dr. Pang’s 17-minute video on DU dangers here – Dr. Pang explains especially vulnerable are young children and pregnant women. Just like from Red Hill military contaminated water on Oahu, at Camp Lejeune, etc., etc.

      The Hawaii County Council passed resolution 639-08 on July 2, 2008, by a vote of 8-1 that called for 8 actions, including stopping all live fire at PTA, comprehensive independent testing and monitoring, and clean up of DU present at Pohakuloa.  None of the 8 actions called for have been done.  The military has ignored the county’s call to action for 15 years. Millions of live rounds continue to be fired annually at PTA.

Challenge the Military Big Lie: “Pohakuloa is Safe!”

Aloha ‘Aina! Bomb Pohakuloa No More!

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Peace organizing meeting on Monday, April 24 from 6-8 PM

Sunday, April 23rd, 2023

Join the peace organizing meeting on Monday, April 24 from 6-8 PM at the Kea’au Community Center, or on zoom from 6:30 – 7:15 PM


Reminder –On the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month we have peace organizing meetings 6-8 PM at the Keaau Community center, with zoom from 6:30- 7:15PM.
Zoom Meeting… Meeting ID: 987 690 1944 Passcode: peace now  Steve Paulmier in our group is the person who sets up zoom. His email is Paulmier <> and his phone 430-8866
The Keaau Community Center is located behind the Keaau Police station and Bay Clinic in Keaau.

Among items on the April 24th agenda

1.  Evaluating “Experience Pohakuloa Day” event.  What was done, what more could have been done to mobilize people

2.  Ongoing war in Ukraine

3.  Increasing tensions with Russia and China and risk of nuclear war.

4.  Bring issues for discussion



Jim Albertini Malu 'Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola'a (Kurtistown) Hawai'i 96760
Phone 808-966-7622 Email Visit us on the web at

Question on transparency of live rounds fired and toxins at Pohakuloa Training Area

Saturday, April 22nd, 2023

Question on transparency of live rounds fired and toxins at Pohakuloa Training Area

April 22, 2023 Earth Day

Pohakuloa Training Area

Aloha Sgt. Major Cho,

Happy Earth Day!

You were quoted in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald 4/21/23 about the “importance of transparency.”

In the interest of transparency, please tell me the current number of live rounds fired annually at PTA and list all the various weapon systems fired at PTA. The last available figure I recall was 14.8 million live rounds fired annually at PTA.  I believe that was back in 2003 in the Stryker EIS.  I haven’t seen any figures since.  Please let me know where these figures are available for the years since 2003.  It would also be good to know all of the various toxins and the quantities dispersed at PTA over the 75 years of bombing and shelling the ‘aina at the 133,000 acre Pohakuloa Training Area.  Things like lead, depleted uranium, perchlorate, white phosphous, PFAS, etc.

Mahalo for your prompt response.

Jim Albertini, president of Malu ‘Aina

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Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760
Phone 808-966-7622 Email Visit us on the web at

Information on Depleted Uranium Hazards at the Military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA)

Friday, April 21st, 2023

In light of the hundreds of people who attended the April 20, 2023 “Experience Pohakuloa Day” event at the Army’s Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) we repost this important information by Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD, 24 years in the Army Medical Corps, and listed in America’s top 3% Best Doctors.


Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD Presentation on Depleted Uranium (DU) military human experimentation

DU Human Experimentation

Summary: Experimenting on people — a legal issue (i.e. Military DU oxide)

DU oxide radiation contamination at the military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA)

The DUst at PTA IS Illegal.  Experimentation requires individual and community consent. 

The legal basis is Nuremberg –Nazi war crime trials following WWII.  Like pesticide experimentation, military DU oxide experimentation is illegal.  The DU harm lasts far longer than pesticide contamination.  DU oxide has a half-life of 4.5 billion years and once breathed into the body it does not clear the body for decades.  DU oxide particles are formed when DU metal is burned by high explosives used at Pohakuloa.  The particles can be carried long distances by the wind. 

For more information click on the above link for Dr. Pang’s presentation July 9, 2018. 

Please also see the short video by Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD explaining the health concerns associated with Depleted Uranium

Photos from April 20, 2023 “Experience Pohakuloa Day” protest outside the main gate of TOXIC PTA

Thursday, April 20th, 2023

Photos from April 20, 2023 “Experience Pohakuloa Day” protest outside the main gate of PTA

From what we observed, seven schools of approximately 100 schools on Hawaii Island attended: Waiakea HS, Kaumana Elementary, Youth Challenge Academy, Kealakehe High School, Connections Charter School, and two additional schools whose names are not clear (one from Kona side, the other from Hilo side).  Perhaps up to 200 cars also entered the base between 8:30 and 11:30 AM .  Our radiation monitor hit 74 CPM during the protest

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